The 2018 maple syrup season is underway across much of southern Ontario, while northern producers are prepared and ready for sap harvest. Syrup producers in the south have had several good sap runs during the end of February and have been boiling again during the first week of March. Continue reading
The extended weather forecast predicts that thawing temperatures and sap flow conditions will continue for a few more days in many regions of the province, including northern regions. Completion of tapping in sugar bushes will be a top priority for producers to harvest early sap flows.
Freezing night-time temperatures and thawing daytime temperatures, for example -5 ⁰C night and +5 ⁰C day, occurring consecutively over several days will provide ideal sap flow conditions.
Colder winter-like conditions are expected to return after this thawing trend to hopefully slow sap harvest and allow producers to catch up on preparation. Continue reading
The 2018 maple syrup season is approaching, as the days become longer and winter will soon begin its transition to spring. Modern maple sap harvest is based on weather patterns that predict when a sequence of daytime thawing and night time freezing conditions will become more frequent. The transition period from winter to spring is the maple syrup season. Few commercial producers base their sap harvest on a traditional calendar date, as was practiced historically.
In the sugar bush, main lines and lateral lines can be cleared of fallen branches. Wire trellis and vacuum tubing can be tightened to remove sags as much as possible. Tight tubing and secure leak-free connections will prevent sap pooling between sap flow events. Continue reading
Do you have a water contingency plan?
In 2016, many areas of the province saw very warm and dry conditions, creating challenges for sugar bush health, and for horticulture and field crop producers. Many wells were still dry leading into the winter. In other years, like the start of the 2017 growing season, the province experienced periods of excessive rain, leading to saturated soils and flooding.
No one can control the weather, but we can plan for it. The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) encourages you to plan for future weather – conserving water and using it efficiently can help during low water conditions, and having effective drainage systems in place can help with saturated soils and runoff. Continue reading
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The season ends
The maple syrup processing season for 2017 is now completed in all regions of Ontario. Thank you to all the maple syrup producers who took the time to provide sap flow and syrup crop reports during the production year. The maple report would not be possible without producer assistance.
Sap and syrup activity
The latest syrup producing areas in the north are boiling their last batch of sap and syrup this week, after a busy final few days of sap runs. Buddy off-flavours are now present as sugar maple buds have pushed out of winter dormancy. In northern regions, snow remains in some areas on north facing hills. Continue reading
Sap flow activity
Sap harvest and maple syrup production finished two weeks ago in earliest southwestern areas. Mid-season regions were still processing new syrup over this past week and mid-season producers will be harvesting the last sap runs this coming weekend, April 7-9.
The forecasted weather predicts very warm temperatures for next week in all southern regions, which will push maple buds out of dormancy. The north will continue for at least one or two more weeks. Continue reading